I understand why people hunt. I might not agree with it, but I’m not going to do that condescending thing where I pretend not to understand the motivation behind it because I’m so intellectually elevated. If LARPing that you’re some sort of animal tracking superhero is your jam, I’m not out here to try and stop you. You have a gun, after all.
But I will admit that I don’t understand the appeal that necessitates the reptile and amphibian endorsement, mostly because they seem like they would make awful, horrific trophies. I mean if you want to stop the feral hog situation or just think that a mounted deer head would tie your room together I can understand that, but gathering up snakes? That’s a little too weird for my blood.
(I’m not even going to get into the idea of hunting turtles, because I mean, seriously?)
But the reptile and amphibian endorsement
*Don’t go hunting with artificial light from a motor vehicle.
God gave you eyes and created candles and flashlights for a reason. Anything else
*No hunting from a public roadway.
Like, the rule literally says “shoulder of a public road.” Don’t just stop your car in the middle of the road and yell out, “Snake!” Not only is it against the law, but everyone else is just going to think you’re insulting them.
*Always wear a reflective safety vest.
Because you don’t want to be the person who died because he was looking for snakes in the middle of the road and got crushed by an oncoming vehicle. People will make fun of you if that happens. That’s just how the internet is.
*No stopping on a public roadway.
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In fairness, breaking this law just makes it sound like the game wardens were trying to run up the score. Granted, you shouldn’t be stopping in the road anyway, but just know if your snaking hunting in the road they’ll hit you for that twice.
*Don’t fall for the fake rubber snake trap.
Oh yeah, the reason our brave hunters were caught was because they stopped in the middle of the road without turning off their lights or wearing the proper vests because the game wardens had left a “rubber grey-banded king snake decoy” in the middle of the road and waited for some brave souls to